30 Days of Writing: Day Fourteen

The Twirl and Swirl of Letters

How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?

Map? What is this word, map?

Okay, I do kinda-sorta map out my locations. I have vague ideas where things are taking place, but have I actually made a map detailing the layout of a country, world, etc? No.

I do plan to. One of the WIPs takes place in a futuristic, significantly smaller North America. I’m going to grab a map of NA and start hacking away. Photoshop makes things like this so much easier.

I do love maps. I have several hanging in my space–walking maps of Boston, a vintage-y map of the Tube, at home I have books of battlefield maps of Napoleonic campaigns, not to mention maps of the different cities I’ve lived in/visited.

I’ll pull up maps on the internet if I don’t have one readily available–Edinburgh being one, particularly a map of the city circa 1890. In the case of Boston and Florence, I’ll set stories where I’ve spent the most time, where I’ve lived, so I can reference things by sight rather than by street name.

I build the streets in my head, and walk around from there.

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